If you take a gander at the New England Patriots’ 2015 regular season schedule, you will see that they play all four members of the AFC South division. Considering the Patriots’ recent record against those teams, this is very good news.
Including playoffs, the Patriots have won their past 10 encounters against AFC South teams. In that span, the Patriots have defeated the Colts five times, the Texans three times, and the Jaguars and Titans each once. It’s safe to say that the Patriots are welcoming the opportunity to face the division this season.
The Pats will host the Jaguars in Week 3. If Tom Brady’s suspension isn’t reduced, it will be Jimmy Garoppolo’s easiest start, and the Patriots won’t have many excuses if they don’t extend their winning streak against the AFC South to 11 games.
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If Brady’s appeal fails, Week 6 will be his 2015 debut. And it will be a juicy, Sunday Night Football matchup against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Considering how easily LeGarrette Blount always splits through the Colts’ front seven, it won’t matter how rusty Brady might be; the Patriots will win.
What will be more difficult than the Colts game will be the Patriots’ Week 14 trip down to Houston, as the Texans’ fierce pass rush will present problems. However, neither of Brady’s quarterback disciples (Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallet) will be able to outduel No. 12.
Last and least is the Titans the following week. Even if Marcus Mariota takes the NFL by storm, the Titans won’t be able to defeat the Patriots in New England. In case you missed it, this writer put together a power rankings a few days ago and listed the Titans at No. 31.
So there you have it. The AFC South hasn’t presented a true threat to the Patriots’ dominance recently, and that won’t change in 2015.